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Stories about Media & Journalism

In post-war Armenia, legislators take aim at press freedom

Since the war, press work has been thrown into disarray by new and often vague regulations. Now, new draft bills could make reporting in Armenia even more difficult.

Prominent Harvard professor pilloried for peddling revisionist history about wartime ‘comfort women’

Historians familiar with wartime sexual slavery perpetrated by Japanese armed forces point out that the professor, J. Mark Ramseyer, has long championed historical revisionism.

Facebook draws furious response for blocking news stories in Australia

"You know Facebook... Our little thumb has the ultimate power... It’s pretty easy to just #DeleteFacebook."

Research firm uncovers a pro-Huawei influence campaign

While Graphika's research findings are insufficient to suggest that Huawei was behind the operation, its employees were key amplifiers of the comments produced by the fake clusters.

In unrecognized Transnistria, a retiree faces criminal charges for ‘anti-Russian’ rhetoric

A 70-year-old Transnistria citizen faces a five-year prison term for critical statements about Russian peacekeeping forces in the breakaway Moldova region.

Arrest of Indian climate activist Disha Ravi over protest ‘toolkit’ draws backlash

'Editing a Google Doc in support of farmers is an act of sedition in this country now,' a writer said.

Will Burundi's new government lift restrictions on its once-lively press?

Burundi's new president has recently offered an olive branch to suspended media as the government seeks to improve the country's international reputation.

Freedom of expression in a downward spiral in Southern Africa, says new study

Outdated laws, exorbitant fees, and stifling of dissent have ramped up violations to the right of free expression in Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

New Russian law demands self-censorship from social media platforms

Experts believe that the most likely reason for the new self-censorship legislation is the state's desire to curtail the growing discontent and protest activity in the country.

Chinese-Australian journalist Cheng Lei formally arrested for alleged spying in China

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne has dismissed claims by China that Australia is trying to interfere in their judicial system.

Turkey reins in social media—one platform at a time

The new social media law sets up a series of restrictions that will have a lasting impact on digital rights and freedom of expression in Turkey.

Indian farmers’ protests: Twitter withholds, then restores, prominent accounts by government order

Twitter restored the accounts after concluding they were "speech and newsworthy," a decision the Indian government decried: "Twitter cannot assume the role of a court and justify non-compliance."

In Tanzania, full-throttle COVID-19 denial leaves citizens without access to public health information

Since March 2020, the Tanzanian government has gone silent on the coronavirus with no data released to the public on infections or deaths.

Japanese skincare company faces online backlash and boycott after CEO's racist remarks

Critics are also drawing attention to the DHC's connections to the Japanese far-right and its efforts to distribute conspiracy theories online.

A Zimbabwean journalist, two opposition politicians jailed for tweets about police brutality

Hopewell Chin’ono, Job Sikhala and Fadzai Mahere were arrested for tweeting about a police officer who allegedly beat a baby to death while enforcing COVID-19 regulations.

Nepali Times, a leading English-language weekly, starts 2021 by reviving its print edition

Publisher Kunda Dixit says the print edition has brought in revenue and positive feedback from readers.

Tunisia’s fight against COVID-19 unmasks shaky ground for digital rights

In Tunisia, local authorities have, throughout the pandemic, resorted to historical tricks by using vague, existing laws to curb freedom of expression and limit citizens’ rights to information.  

What drives ‘J-Anon’, QAnon's Japanese counterpart?

Donald Trump seems to have found supporters amid Japan's religious cults.

Social media blackout, violent crackdown on opposition ahead of presidential elections in Uganda 

“Millions of young people demand reform and say their future is pitted against a small cadre of tyrants committed to retaining power at all costs,” says Bobi Wine. 

Lockdown to shutdown: How COVID-19 stifled digital rights in Zimbabwe

COVID-19 and its subsequent government policies have had far-reaching implications on digital rights and media freedom in Zimbabwe.

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